January 9 2018

Tesla Powers Up New York Gigafactory Solar Roof Assembly Line

  Tesla Inc. has kicked off production of its long-awaited electricity-producing shingles that Elon Musk says will transform the rooftop solar industry. Manufacturing of the textured-glass tiles began last month at Tesla’s Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York, according to an emailed statement from the Palo Alto, California-based company on Tuesday. It comes about four […]

January 4 2018

China’s Carbon Market Shows How U.S. Is Falling Behind: Q&A

China’s plan to trade carbon shows how far the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in managing emissions through financial systems, according to Paula DiPerna, special adviser with CDP North America (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). On Dec. 19, China announced a cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing coal use in power plants, a move poised […]

January 3 2018

Coal Power Pace Slows in India as Glut Leaves Plants Unused

India is adding the least amount of coal-fired power in more than a decade as tepid demand from indebted state retailers fails to utilize the nation’s existing generation capacity. Coal-fired capacity, which accounts for more than three quarters of the nation’s electricity, rose by 809 megawatts during the April-November period, according to Bloomberg calculations based […]

December 27 2017

Autonomous Cars Need Tougher Batteries, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Says

Battery makers must rethink their technology if predictions for a wave of self-driving vehicles pan out, according to one of the inventors of the lithium-ion battery. In addition to focusing on making batteries more powerful to extend the driving range of single-owner cars, manufacturers will also need to develop devices that can withstand the rigors […]

December 22 2017

Why the Prospect of ‘Peak Oil’ Is Hotly Debated

The world is turning its back on oil. But how quickly? Technological advances driven by the threat of climate change could mean the world’s thirst for petroleum tops out sooner than companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. or giant producers like Saudi Arabia are banking on. “Peak oil” has been debated for decades, but today […]

December 22 2017

Beijing’s Electric-Car Push Could Produce a World-Class Chinese Auto Brand

China has become the world’s largest automotive market, thanks to drivers whose numbers far eclipse those of such former leaders as the U.S. and Germany. But while mainland producers may lead the industry by number of new vehicles sold, China has yet to develop a car brand that rivals the cachet of Audi, BMW, Mercedes, […]

December 21 2017

Wave of Energy Auctions to Trigger $8.2 Billion in Brazil Spending

Brazil is expecting to see about 27 billion reais ($8.2 billion) invested into the country’s energy infrastructure over the next six years, the result of an end-of-year flurry of auctions aimed at boosting its electricity capacity. Energy companies won contracts to build about 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) of new power lines and more than 4.5 […]

December 19 2017

China Unveils Plan for World’s Biggest Carbon-Trading Market

China unveiled its plan for a national carbon market, creating the world’s biggest trading system for the climate-warming emissions. The market will initially involve only the power sector, National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Zhang Yong said Tuesday at a briefing in Beijing. While that’s a pullback from a previous plan to include eight industries, China’s […]

December 18 2017

How Batteries Sparked a Cobalt Frenzy and What Could Happen Next

Cobalt left other metals in the dust this year, driven by demand from electric carmakers like Tesla Inc. But with new supply coming online and high prices likely to spur substitution and recycling, the market for the key battery component could prove choppier next year. Here are five themes that will capture the market’s attention in […]

December 15 2017

Tax Tool Crucial to Wind, Solar Seen Spared in Reform Deal

A $12 billion tax-equity tool that U.S. wind and solar developers depend on to finance projects appears likely to remain largely intact as part of the sweeping reform that Republicans were negotiating Thursday. A tentative compromise would preserve most, but likely not all, of the value of renewable energy tax credits that developers sell to […]

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